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A Heart for Service

In 1998, Elaine Willbanks, RN, joined the United States Navy Reserve. As a pediatric home care nurse and Navy reservist, Elaine was no stranger to sacrificing herself to help others. “To be honest,” Elaine shares, “being deployed after 9/11 was […]

Increasing Isabella’s Independence

By Hays Nichols, PTA I started working with Isabella, one of my younger clients, in January. She was close to turning two, and her mother was getting worried – her baby girl wasn’t walking yet. But we knew that, with […]

A Nurse’s Calling: Patricia Vejar

After years of working at a local family clinic, registered nurse Patricia Vejar’s rigid work schedule eventually began to wear on her. When Patricia heard about private duty nursing, she jumped at the chance for a more flexible schedule. “With […]

I Can and I Will

“I can and I will.” That’s eleven-year-old Kennedy’s motto. She repeats it to her grandmother and mother, Tashia, every morning. “Kennedy puts her leg braces on and is ready to face the world,” Tashia beams. When other kids ask Kennedy […]

A Nurse’s Calling: Joseph Lizon

When he finished nursing school, Joseph Lizon knew he wanted to work with pediatric patients. “When I was a kid, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes,” Joseph explains. “I decided then that I wanted to help other kids in […]

Nick’s First Day of School

The first day of school is an exciting time for any student. But for our patient Nicholas, it was a particularly special milestone this August. Nicholas started coming to the Aveanna therapy clinic in Houston, Texas three years ago. At […]

Understanding Equine-Facilitated Learning

What is EFL Therapy? Equine-Facilitated Learning EFL stands for Equine-Facilitated Learning.  It is a form of therapy that is used most typically for children who have mental or emotional disorders especially like ADD and Autism. It brings horses and children […]

Kyndell’s Goals

A sheet of yellow notebook paper hangs on the wall at the end of Kyndell’s crib, where she can see it every day. It reads, “Kyndell’s Goals.” Aveanna Nurse Brittany wrote the list. She included objectives like “healthy weight,” “head […]

Raising an Orchid

Ten years ago, Oscar sat with his wife in a hospital room, his six-month-old son in his arms, and learned about the disease that had changed their lives forever. Spinal muscular atrophy. As Oscar listened to the doctor describe the […]

Asher’s Badges of Strength

Asher is our latest patient superstar and boy, has he accomplished some amazing health milestones! Born on August 10, 2016, Asher had some complex medical challenges that left him needing repair to his intestinal perforation and a colostomy procedure at […]